Wild About Gardens Week ended today but there is still time to enter their Bug Hotel competition. This was my goal when I got up this morning. I had been browsing the internet checking out the various abodes and reading the building plans. There are some very ambitious builds ... very Grand Design!
I have chosen my site ... next to the compost bin. It is flat, gets some sun for the sun loving bugs and the back sits under a tree for those who prefer the dark side. It's sheltered from wind and they can feed on the compost.
I really like the look of this one from Chelsea Flower Show a few years back. The bottom pallet is positioned to create a hedgehog house and the rest has the appropriate habitat for bees, ladybirds, beetles, frogs and even snakes. I have three pallets at the allotment; I have old bricks and tiles, stones, logs and branches, broken flower pots, plastic bottles, cardboard and canes. There was nothing to stop me ... except the couple of jobs I wanted to do first ... then there was the other job .... then I had to have a cup of tea .... and, of course, I had to do one more task before I went to the allotment ... and then it was evening!
So I now have a job for tomorrow. These two are creating a housing shortage so I had better get on with it!
|Common Red Soldier Beetle|
Today I discovered 8 Lily Beetles on one stalk so I tried the same trick again. The birds didn't touch them so I had to take them across the lane to the field and throw them as far away as I could. Of course, the birds weren't interested ... in nature red indicates harmful.